Buddhist protective ring vajrayana. Mahakala.
copper, turquoise from Arizona, agate called nan hong of Yunnan.
Size 26-22 mm
Total weight 17.5 grams
Adjustable size adjustable has any type of finger.
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Mahakala is practiced and revered in all the "Tantric" schools of Tibetan Buddhism. However, it is portrayed in different ways, each with distinct qualities and aspects. It is also considered the emanation of different beings, namely Avalokiteśvara (in Tibetan Chenrezig) or Cakrasamvara (in Tibetan Korlo Demchog, or ' Khor-Lo BDE-mchog according to the system Wylie) in the Kagyüpa and Shangpa traditions. There are several kinds of forms of Mahakala which as a protector is emanated from the essence of the tantra which it has the charge. Thus, there are special protectors in the father, mother and non-duel Tantras of the mahamudra, other types and forms of protectors exist in schools that claim to be dzogchen.
Mahakala is classically black in colour. Just as all colors are absorbed and dissolved in the dark, all names and forms are said to blend into those of Mahakala, which symbolizes its global and complete nature. Black can also represent the total absence of color, and still in this case it means the nature of Mahakala as ultimate or absolute reality. This principle is known in Sanskrit as "nirguna", beyond all quality and form, and it is symbolized by both interpretations.
Mahakala is almost always depicted with a wreath of five skulls, which include the transformation of the five kleshas (afflictions) into the five wisdoms of Buddha.
The most notable variation in the manifestations and representations of Mahakala lies in the number of his arms and postures, but the other details may also vary. For example, in some cases there are Mahakalas in white, with multiple heads, without genitals, standing on varying numbers of various things, holding various instruments, with alternative ornaments, and so on.
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